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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tommy's Honour - Movie Review


The Movie: Tommy's Honour

The Director: Jason Connery

The Cast: Jack Lowden, Peter Mullan, Ophelia Lovibond, Therese Bradley, Sam Neill, Peter Ferdinando

The Story: This is the story of Tommy Morris, the world's first golf prodigy, and his father who revolutionized the game of golf in the late 1800's.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Colossal - Movie Review


The Movie: Colossal

The Director: Nacho Vigalondo

The Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens

The Story: A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she's suffering.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Gifted - Movie Review


The Movie: Gifted

The Director: Marc Webb

The Cast: Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer

The Story: Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Your Name (君の名は。) - Movie Review


The Movie: Your Name (君の名は。)

The Director: Makoto Shinkai

Voice Cast: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yuki, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Kaito Ishikawa

The Story: Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

4DX Comes to Seattle!


On Thursday, April 13th, 4DX will be making its Pacific Northwest debut at the Regal Meridian 16 theater in downtown Seattle, Washington. The night before this special day, I was able to attend a special presentation of The Fate of the Furious hosted by Regal Cinemas and representatives from 4DX and they were very excited to show off this "Absolute Cinema Experience".

The Fate of the Furious - Movie Review


The Movie: The Fate of the Furious

The Director: F. Gary Gray

The Cast: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Kristofer Hivju, and Scott Eastwood

The Story: When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Belko Experiment - Movie Review


The Movie: The Belko Experiment

The Director: Greg McLean

The Cast: John Gallagher, Jr, Tony Goldwin, Adria Arjone, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz, Owain Yeoman, Sean Gunn, Brent Sexton, David Dastmalchian, Gregg Henry, and Michael Rooker.

The Story: In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Recap: 2016 Seattle International Film Festival


2016 was an interesting year for me covering the Seattle International Film Festival as I was out of the country for the first two weeks of the month long festival. Still, I was able to watch a decent amount of movies and even got in a few interviews which really turned out to be the highlight of my festival experience.

Sand Storm (SIFF 2016) - Movie Review



The Movie: Sand Storm
Official selection of the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival

The Director: Elite Zexer

The Cast: Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal, Hitham Omari, Khadija Al Akel, and Jalal Masrwa

The Story: When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Assassin's Creed - Movie Review


The Movie: Assassin's Creed

The Director: Justin Kurzel

The Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Brendan Gleeson, Callum Turner, Essie Davis, Jeremy Irons, and Michael K Williams

The Story: When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.

Ghost in the Shell (2017) - Movie Review


The Movie: Ghost in the Shell

The Director: Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman)

The Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Latuere, Yutaka Izumihara, Peter Ferdinando, and Anamaria Marinca

The Story: In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Chips - Movie Review


The Movie: Chips

The Director: Dax Shepard

The Cast: Michael Peña, Dax Shepard, Jessica McNamee, Adam Brody, Ryan Hansen, Kristen Bell, Ben Falcone, Jamie Bock, and Vincent D'Onofrio

The Story: A rookie officer is teamed with a hardened pro at the California Highway Patrol, though the newbie soon learns his partner is really an undercover Fed investigating a heist that may involved some crooked cops.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Life (2017) - Movie Review


The Movie: Life

The Director: Daniel Espinosa (Safe House)

The Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, and Naoko Mori

The Story: A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

Power Rangers (2017) - Movie Review


The Movie: Power Rangers

The Director: Dean Israelite

The Cast: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G., Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader, and David Denman

The Story: A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Lure (SIFF 2016) - Movie Review



The Movie: The Lure aka Córki dancingu

The Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska

The Cast: Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka, Jakub Gierszal, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Magdalena Cielecka, Katarzyna Herman, and Marcin Kowalczyk

The Story: In Warsaw, a pair of mermaid sisters are adopted into a cabaret. While one seeks love with humans the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Complete Unknown (SIFF 2016) - Movie Review




The Movie: Complete Unknown

The Director: Joshua Marston

The Cast: Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Michael Chernus, Condola Rashad, Kathy Bates, and Danny Glover

The Story: As a man contemplates moving to a new state with his wife for her graduate program, an old flame - a woman who often changes identities - reenters his life at a birthday dinner party.

Transpecos (SIFF 2016) - Movie Review



The Movie: Transpecos

The Director: Greg Kwedar

The Cast: Johnny Simmons, Gabriel Luna, Clifton Collins Jr, David Acord, Oscar Avila, Luis Bordonada, Will Brittain, Jake Lockett, and Lora Martinez-Cunningham

The Story: For three US Border Patrol agents, the contents of one car reveal an insidious plot within their own ranks. The next 24 hours could cost them their lives.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beauty and the Beast (2017) - Movie Review


The Movie: Beauty and the Beast

The Director: Bill Condon

The Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw

The Story: A tale as old as time.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Get Out - Movie Review


The Movie: Get Out

The Director: Jordan Peele

The Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Marcus Henderson, Betty Gabriel, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Root, and LilRel Howery

The Story: A young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.

Kong: Skull Island - Movie Review


The Movie: Kong: Skull Island

The Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer)

The Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing, Toby Kebbel, and Jason Mitchell

The Story: A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Moonlight - Movie Review


The Movie: Moonlight

The Director: Barry Jenkins

The Cast: Mahershala Ali, Alex R. Hibbert, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, and André Holland

The Story: A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young black man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Logan - Movie Review


The Movie: Logan

The Director: James Mangold

The Cast: Hugh Jackman, Dafne Keen, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, and Elise Neal

The Story: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Kedi - Domumentary Review


The Movie: Kedi

The Director: Ceyda Torun

The Cast: Sari, Bengü, Aslan Parçası, Psikopat, Deniz, Gamsiz, and Duman.

The Story: A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat. - imdb.com

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2016 Recap - The Movies


For me, 2016 was a pretty incredible year for movies with such a diverse mix of styles, genres, and countries represented. Indie films, festival films, foreign films, animated films, horror films, and big budget blockbuster films all filled movie theaters in a seemingly endless stream of talent and creativity. Of course, not all of them turn out as good as you hope they might (Independence Day: Resurgence, X-Men: Apocalypse) and others seemingly come out of nowhere to shine above all the rest (Train to Busan, Sing Street).

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Underworld: Blood Wars - Movie Review


The Movie: Underworld: Blood Wars

The Director: Anna Foerster

The Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Charles Dance, Lara Pulver. Tobias Menzies, James Faulkner, Bradley James, Clementine Nicholson, and Daisy Head

The Story: Vampire death dealer, Selene fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. - imdb.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Great Wall - Movie Review


The Movie: The Great Wall

The Director: Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers}

The Cast: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Andy Lau, Pedro Pascal, Hanyu Zhang, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Eddie Peng, Ryan Zheng, Karry Wang, and Willem DeFoe.

The Story: European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. - imdb.com

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cook Up a Storm (决战食神) - Movie Review


The Movie: Cook Up a Storm (决战食神)

The Director: Wai Man Yip

The Cast: Nicholas Tse, Jung Yong-hwa, Yan Tang, Bing Bai, Anthony Wong, and You Ge.

The Story: A Cantonese street cook and his chief rival, a French-trained Michelin-starred chef, discover they have a lot in common as they prepare for a world-famous culinary competition. imdb.com

Friday, February 17, 2017

2016 Recap - The Performances


In 2016, I watched a lot of movies. Probably more in one year than I ever have before so there was a lot of acting to take in. Most are passable and get the job done adequately and then there's a few that make you cringe and wish the casting director had made a different choice. Finally, there is a select handful that really catch my attention and never for the same reason. These performances are so unique, often very powerful, and, if nothing else, they are just fun to watch on screen.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Lego Batman Movie - Movie Review


The Movie: The Lego Batman Movie

The Director: Chris McKay

The Cast: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakas, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas, Conan O'Brien, Doug Benson, Billy Dee Williams, Zoë Kravitz, Seth Green, Jemaine Clement, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Adam Devine, Hector Elizondo, and Mariah Carey.

The Story: With the fate of Gotham City hanging in the balance, Batman aka Bruce Wayne must come to terms with one of his biggest fears.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

John Wick: Chapter 2 - Movie Review


The Movie: John Wick: Chapter 2

The Director: Chad Stahelski (John Wick)

The Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, Common, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, Tobias Segal, and John Leguizamo

The Story: "After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life." - IMDB.com

Friday, February 10, 2017

Split - Movie Review


The Movie: Split (The Visit, Unbreakable)

The Director: M. Night Shyamalan

The Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, Sebastian Arcelus, Brad William Henke, and Betty Buckley.

The Story: "Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, and must try and escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th." - IMDB.com

Friday, February 3, 2017

I Am Not Your Negro - Documentary Review


The Documentary: I Am Not Your Negro

The Director: Raoul Peck

The Story: "Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House." - IMDB.com

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Patriots Day - Movie Review


The Movie: Patriots Day

The Director: Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon)

The Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan, Christopher O'Shea, Rachel Brosnahan, Jake Picking, Lana Condor, Jimmy O. Yang, Melissa Benoist, Alex Wolff, Themo Melikidze, John Fiore, and Khandi Alexander.

The Story: Based on true events, “Patriots Day” is a powerful story of a community’s extraordinary courage in the face of adversity and chronicles in detail one of the most sophisticated and well-coordinated manhunts in law enforcement history. - Official Website

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Monster Trucks - Movie Review


The Movie: Monster Trucks

The Director: Chris Wedge (Epic)

The Cast: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon, Barry Pepper, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan, Holt, McCallany, Frank Whaley, and Aliyah O'Brien.

The Story: A high school senior ends up with a monster in his monster truck and it's up to them to save their town from a corporate created environmental disaster.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Truman (SIFF 2016) - Movie Review



The Movie: Truman

The Director: Cesc Gay

The Cast: Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, Dolores Fonzi, Eduard Fernández, Oriol Pla, and Elvira Mínguez.

The Story: Julián receives an unexpected visit from his friend Tomás, who lives in Canada. For four intense days, the two men, accompanied by Julián’s faithful dog, Truman, will share emotional and surprising moments prompted by Julián’s complicated situation. - trumanfilm.com

Saturday, January 21, 2017

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage - Movie Review


The Movie: xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

The Director: D.J. Caruso (The Disappointments Room)

The Cast: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Toni Collette, Samuel L. Jackson, and Ice Cube

The Story: Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly Xiang. - Official Facebook Page

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Birth of a Nation - Movie Review


The Birth of a Nation is based on the life of Nat Turner and his rise from slavery into leading a rebellion. The film was written, produced, and directed by Nate Parker who also plays the lead character along with performances from Aja Naomi King, Armie Hammer, Gabrielle Union, Aunjanue Ellis, Jackie Earle Haley, and Penelope Ann Miller.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Eyes of My Mother (SIFF 2016) - Movie Review



The Movie: The Eyes of My Mother (Official selection of the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival)

The Director: Nicolas Pesce

The Cast: Kika Magalhaes, Will Brill, Olivia Bond, Diana Agostini, Flora Diaz,

The Story: A young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life. - Official Website

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Love Witch - Movie Review



The Movie: The Love Witch (Official Selection of the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival)

The Director: Anna Biller

The Cast: Samantha Robinson, Gian Keys, Laura Wadell, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Robert Seeley, Jennifer Ingrum. Randy Evans, and Lily Holleman

The Story: Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well, leaving her with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. - Official Website

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hidden Figures - Movie Review


The Movie: Hidden Figures

The Director: Theodore Melfi

The Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell, Kimberly Quinn, Olek Krupa, Kurt Krause, Saniyya Sidney, and Ron Clinton Smith.

The Story: Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions. - IMDB.com

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Don't Breathe - Movie Review


The Movie: Don't Breathe

The Director: Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead)

The Cast: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovato, Emma Bercovici, and Katia Bokor

The Story: A group of thieves makes a big mistake when they attempt to break into the house of a blind man who turns out to have a few surprises waiting for intruders.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Monster Calls - Movie Review


The Movie: A Monster Calls

The Director: J.A. Bayona (The Impossible)

The Cast: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, and Toby Kebbel

The Story: A mythical tree monster comes to the aid of a boy who is struggling with the reality of losing his mom to a terminal condition.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Fences - Movie Review


The Movie: Fences

The Director: Denzel Washington (Antwone Fisher)

The Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and Mykelti Williamson.

The Story: A black man in 1950's New York trying to raise and hold together a family while struggling with the demons of his own upbringing.

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